CHALLENGES OF CHINESE LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ITALY
Keywords:Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese language teaching, Syllabi for Chinese language, teaching materials, teachers’ recruitment
In 2020 the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
ties between China and Italy was celebrated. Italy and China bilateral
relations include cooperation in the education field and support to the
development of Chinese language teaching in the Italian education
In recent years, due to the growing number of students learning Chinese language at school, Chinese has officially been included in
the high school curriculum. Nevertheless, this increasing development
of Chinese language teaching has also faced many challenges.
This article provides a general overview of Chinese language
teaching in Italian high schools. It describes the development of Chinese
language education in high schools and discusses some issues on the
challenges related to the teaching of the Chinese language, with regard to
teachers, syllabi, teaching resources, and learners’ attitudes. Lastly, it
aims to suggest means of addressing the analyzed issues for further
improvements in Chinese language teaching in Italian high schools.
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